Transit agency: Human error caused subway train derailment

NYC subway train derailed passengers evacuated

Fire officials said 34 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Dozens of riders were injured in Harlem Tuesday when a subway train derailed and careened into a wall, authorities said. Riders on the train were evacuated, but passengers on other stalled trains took matters into their own hands; many exited trains themselves and walked on the tracks, leading first responders to go below ground and lead them to safety.

The South Ferry station opened at noon Tuesday, almost five years after it was flooded by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

The accident spurred numerous transit delays and cancellations, as well, on the A, B, C, D, E, F and M lines. Earlier today, an A train derailed in Harlem, causing significant delays; passengers had to climb from the auto and exit through the subway tunnel.

Emergency personnel have responded to a Manhattan subway station where passengers were reporting smoke and a loss of power.

The MTA said Wednesday that work continues on the express tracks around the 125th Street station in Harlem.

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But what appears to be an attempt to improve the quality of service after decades of neglect ultimately resulted in a frightening scenario that injured almost 40 people - and many are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to channel more resources into fixing the subway system. It is "under investigation", said the company MTA, which manages transit in NY city.

'People were in and out of their seats all over screaming, power went out and then it stopped and the auto filled up with smoke, ' another stressed-out straphanger said.

The train "bucked", as MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said during a Tuesday afternoon news conference.

At about 9:48am in NY, an A train headed downtown struck the wall of a tunnel, causing two subway cars to derail at West 125th Street, according to officials. "It wasn't heavy smoke, but it was frightening", he said. In recent months, several high-profile incidents have occurred, including subway trains stuck in tunnels for an hour or more. Emergency crews shut off track power after derailments to prevent evacuees from being electrocuted.

The panic was caused by the smoke which filled the tunnel.